Mary Anne Pearson and Barb Sutherland of the Senior’s Solution Council took a road trip to Sault Ste. Marie a couple of weeks ago in response to one of the items from the Health Needs Assessment. The Steering Committee is now working on those recommendations. One thing identified was the cost of accommodations for those who had to stay overnight (or more) in order to get medical care in Sault Ste. Marie. Mary Anne and Barb drove to the Soo and started a blitz of all accommodations available from Fourth Line down. They were pleasantly surprised to discover that everyone had a medical rate available.
One thing identified was the cost of accommodations for those who had to stay overnight (or more) in order to get medical care in Sault Ste. Marie. Mary Anne and Barb drove to the Soo and started a blitz of all accommodations available from Fourth Line down. They were pleasantly surprised to discover that everyone had a medical rate available.
The ladies compiled a list of businesses, then knocked on each and every door. They created a reference list for travelers, including price and benefits. By using this list, medical travelers can determine which business may help their stay be better.
There is always the concern that a traveler might like to take advantage of these businesses generosity in offering a medical rate – so be cautioned that the business may or may not ask for proof. It is amazing that these businesses offer a medical rate even during the peak season. This generosity is at their cost, but as cancer and medical crises touch everyone, they are trying to help in a small way. Barb commented, “They may not be able to guarantee a room, but they would do their best to help.”
Barb said, “It was truly overwhelmingly appreciated that they considered the northern people.” Mary Anne echoed those sentiments, but added, “People need to be realistic. You can’t stay at a 4-star accommodation and expect to get it for nothing.” The ladies toured the rooms, stating they were clean, some facilities have a pool, others offer a sink outside of the bathroom.
There are other establishments in Sault Ste. Marie that offer a medical rate for Wawa residents. However, the focus of this trip was to determine the ones closest to the SAH Hospital for people who may have limited means of transport. An alphabetical list of their findings is below.
|Extended Stay||Microwave||Fridge||coffee||Continental Breakfast|
|Bel-Air Motel||$69 – 10%||$60 nightly for week||room||room||room||Laundry on premises|
|Fairfield Marriot||$99||85 – 105||room||room||room||yes|
|Satellite Motel||$Single $59||325 weekly||room||room||room|
|Satellite Motel||Double $69||385 weekly||room||room||room|
|Satellite Motel||850 monthly||room||room||room|
|Skyline||$55||385 weekly||room||room||room||2 rooms with kitchenettes|
|Quattro Inn & Suites||Standard $89||room||room||room||yes||1 king with pullout couch|
|Quattro Inn & Suites||Double Queen $109||room||room||room||yes||1 queens with pullout couch|
|Water Tower Inn||$105||yes||Shuttle to SAH|
Note: The Water Tower Inn – Offers a High-Risk Pregnancy & Cancer Care Rates, arranged on a per case basis with WFHT or Cancer Care.